“…it is idle to embark upon dramatic interpretation of a play until one is sure what the characters are talking about, and (that) it is equally idle to attempt to explain the dialogue until one is sure what Shakespeare intended to write.” – John Dover Wilson
How well do you really know this play? Through deep textual analysis, set against knowledge of Shakespeare’s times and what his audience would have understood, we will dig and dive and grapple, aiming at a better grasp of Shakespeare’s meaning. In the long-established Antaean tradition, we will read the play together, taking any parts we choose. Occasionally we might stage a scene to clarify (he did intend the play for performance!), but the intention is to gain a new understanding of Shakespeare’s text through extended table-work, readying us all for a production.
Elizabeth Swain is an actor, director and teacher. Broadway: Charley’s Aunt, Crown Matrimonial, Sherlock Holmes. Innumerable off and off off Broadway productions, regional theatres (NJ Shakespeare Festival, Theatre Co of Boston, ACT Seattle, etc ) and tours (including with the National Shakespeare Co, The New Globe etc) . TV: many soaps esp.Guiding Light and Dark Shadows. In Los Angeles: The Ghost in LA Women’s Shakespeare’s Co’s Hamlet, The Clean House with Cal Rep. At ANTAEUS: Top Girls, Macbeth and The Curse of Oedipus. Directed The Malcontent and several ClassicsFest productions: Medea, The Lucky Chance, Our Country’s Good, King John and The Master Builder. Other favorite directing projects: Hamlet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Master Harold and the Boys, Camille, The Rover et al. Professor Emeritus, Marymount Manhattan College and faculty of the Antaeus Academy.